I am an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park. I received a PhD from the University of Copenhagen in 2016, focused on the mapping of tropical forest loss and their spatio-temporal dynamics using radar satellites. At UMD, I am leading efforts towards the harmonization of satellite-derived forest biomass estimates globally.  A core goal of this research is to facilitate the understanding and uptake of such maps by countries for policy reporting within frameworks of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN-IPCC). I have also previously been a scientific investigator for numerous European Space Agency (ESA) projects. A few examples include the Sen4CAP project for monitoring and reporting agricultural cycles under Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). I am also the scientific lead of the S14Amazonas project, aimed specifically at capturing deforestation and forest degradation in the moist tropical forests of the Amazon basin. Overall, my research drives me to the practical applications of the newest satellite data for the betterment of the world’s environment. Outside work, I am an enthusiastic cyclist and swimmer, who loves traveling.

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    Ph.D.
    Degree Details
    Mapping tropical forest disturbances with radar satellites (University of Copenhagen)
  • Degree Type
    M.Sc.
    Degree Details
    Carbon Management (University of Edinburgh)
  • Degree Type
    B.Sc.
    Degree Details
    Earth and Space Sciences (Jacobs University Bremen)

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Remote sensing scientist
Email
nhunka [at] umd.edu